#120CowboyTough, 42 Days to Kickoff: The Player of the Century

July 21, 2013

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The Player of the Century

Jerry Hill's football accomplishments certainly make for an impressive list. But the most impressive item on that list? Not such an easy thing to decide.

Can it be that in just three seasons, Hill's teams won 25 games, including a 1958 Sun Bowl win over Hardin-Simmons? In that span, UW defeated Utah, BYU and Colorado State each season. From 1958-60, the Cowboys won three Skyline Conference titles. Hill led Wyoming in total offense, scoring and rushing in 1959 and 1960. He was a two-time All-American in 1959 and 1960, totaling 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries.

Can it be that the Lingle, Wyo., native had a successful eight-year pro career with the Baltimore Colts, amassing 2,668 career yards? He was a teammate of NFL Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas and played in one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever. In Super Bowl III, the heavily favored Colts were stunned by the upstart New York Jets, 16-7, in what many have called the biggest upsets in modern sports.

Was it the fact that he was named Wyoming Football's "Player of the Century" in a UW fan vote in 1992? Or that he was a Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame inductee in 1993?

Simply put, Hill is one of the most iconic UW players ever.

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.